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Raheem Sterling reacts to controversial penalty in England’s victory over Denmark

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Raheem Sterling reacts to controversial penalty in England's victory over Denmark

Raheem Sterling declared he won a “clear penalty” amid the controversy surrounding England’s match-winning spot-kick against Denmark.

Sterling went down under the challenges of Mathias Jensen and Joakim Maehle in the first period of extra-time, with the teams still level at 1-1.

The referee immediately pointed to the spot and a VAR check backed up the original decision.

Three Lions captain Harry Kane stepped up from 12 yards and saw his initial effort saved by Kasper Schmeichel, but he was able to convert the rebound.

The penalty was labeled “soft” by Gary Neville and Roy Keane blasted the decision, but Sterling insists he was fouled.

“Yeah, I went into the box, he stuck his right leg out, it touched my leg. Clear penalty,” the Manchester City winger told ITV Sport when asked if the spot kick was justified.

“If it goes in the back of the net, that’s all that matters,” said Sterling. “The ‘keeper saved it but the rebound, we’ll take that all day.”

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Turning his attention to England’s overall display, Sterling hailed England for recovering from Mikkel Damsgaard’s free-kick which opened the scoring for Denmark.

“It was a tough performance today, we had to dig in deep,” the 26-year-old added. “It’s the first time we’ve conceded in the tournament and I thought we coped, showed a good team spirit and came back to win the game.

“We knew it was difficult to go behind, got the equaliser and we knew we had to stay patient.

“We knew with the legs we have in the team, the aggressiveness, the power, it was only a matter of time before we brought them down, and we got the penalty in the end.”

England’s victory over Denmark sets up a final showdown versus Italy, and Sterling says England’s celebrations will not last for long with a challenging fixture on Sunday.

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Tokyo Olympics: All Nigeria’s table tennis reps knocked out

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Africa’s highest-ranked player Quadri Aruna on Tuesday crashed out of the men’s singles event of the table tennis competition at the ongoing Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Aruna who reached the quarter-finals of the event at the Rio Games in 2016 could not go far this time around as he lost 2-4 in the third round.

He lost to Brazil’s Gustavo Tsuboi at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium 15-13 9-11 6-11 11-7 7-11 6-11.

His exit has brought a sad end to Team Nigeria’s campaign in the sport at this Games.

His three teammates in the sport —— Funke Oshonaike, Offiong Edem, Olajide Omotayo —- have all been eliminated.

Nigeria did not qualify for the doubles events.

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John Terry leaves Aston Villa, reveals next plan

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Aston Villa assistant coach, John Terry, has announced his departure from the club.

Terry, in a statement via Aston Villa’s official website on Monday, also revealed his next plan.

The Chelsea legend had since been linked with vacancies at Bristol City and West Brom United.

Terry’s statement read in part, “It has been a tremendous honour and privilege to have spent these last three years at Aston Villa, but I feel now is the right time to make the extremely difficult decision to move on.

“My immediate plan is to spend some quality time with my family and, thereafter, hopefully, take up some invitations to visit clubs and managers around Europe to develop my aim and objective of becoming a manager.

“I’ll forever be indebted to the gaffer for giving me the opportunity to start my coaching career at such a wonderful club.

“Finally, I would also like to thank all the players and staff and wish them all the very best for the season ahead and say a huge thank you to the wonderful Aston Villa fans for their support.”

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Solskjaer opens up on Pogba rejecting new Man United contract to join PSG

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Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opened up on midfielder, Paul Pogba rejecting a new contract at the club in a bid to join Paris Saint-Germain.

Solskjaer also expressed confidence that Pogba will be part of his Man United squad next season.

He said this while reacting to reports that the France international has rejected a new deal at the club because he wants to join PSG.

Pogba, whose current deal with Man United will expire next summer, has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford to join PSG.

But Solskjaer has now described the report as ‘speculations’.

Asked if Pogba has rejected a contract and whether Man United will need to sell him, Solskjaer told reporters following the Red Devils’ pre-season 4-2 defeat against QPR on Saturday: “There are always speculations about Paul.

“The talks between the club and Paul’s representatives, I am not in the detail of every single one of them, so I have got nothing to say really about that.

Asked further on PSG’s interest in Pogba, Solskjaer continued: “There’s always speculation about Paul and there’s always clubs being interested.

“Of course, we have seen Paul at his best and Paul knows what we feel about it. And of course, I have enjoyed my time working with him and hopefully, we can work together. Let’s see what happens.”

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